08 July 2014

MONTANA: Three Boeing 737 Fuselages Tumble
Down Hill/Into River Due to Train Derailment

Boeing Co. is assessing the potential effect on production of its 737 airliner, its bestselling plane, after a train carrying fuselages to its final assembly plant in Washington derailed.

The Montana Rail Link train was en route Thursday from Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. in Wichita, Kan., when it derailed near Rivulet, Mont. According to reports, 19 rail cars of the train derailed.

Cars involved in the derailment carrying assemblies for the 777 and 747 jumbo jet have been inspected and their content appears undamaged.

But experts are continuing to assess damage to six 737 fuselages that tumbled from the train.
A white-water rafting firm snapped photos of cracked 737 fuselages sitting in the muck in the Clark Fork River.

Boeing said the cause of the derailment is under investigation and that the 777 and 747 assemblies will be shipped to Washington and arrive over the next several days...

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